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Upset In Eastern Queens: Avella Declares Victory Over Padavan

Rival Padavan doesn’t concede, says “final answer” will come in couple of days

Democratic challenger Tony Avella declared victory late Tuesday, despite a lack of a concession speech from his rival, Republican state Sen. Frank Padavan.

"I'm truly humbled by all of you and what you've done here tonight," Avella said in front of a jubilant crowd at C.J.'s American Grill in Bayside. "It wasn't my victory, it was your victory. It was a victory for diversity. It was a victory for the new faces of Queens."

However, Padavan's camp wasn't calling it a quits — at least, not yet.

In a speech to his supporters at nearby Bourbon Street Café on Bell Boulevard, Padavan said the ballots were to be impounded by the city Board of Elections and that the "final answer" would come in a couple days. "But don't lose sleep over it," he told his supporters. "I'm not."

After Avella's speech Tuesday night, state Sen.-elect Mike Gianaris, D-Astoria, characterized the 11th State Senate District as being firmly in the Democratic column. According to Gianaris, Avella was up by around 4,000 votes, with over 50 percent of precincts reporting. "It isn't close," he said.

Flanked by state Sen. Toby Stavisky, D-Flushing, and Gianaris, Avella was already looking to the future. "We are going to bring the face to reform to Albany," he said "We are going to make the state of the New York more responsive to the people of this city and this state."

Zeida Jimenez November 03, 2010 at 12:20 PM
I am a registered Republican and have always supported Senator Padavan. I feel his alliance to Mayor Bloomberg and the UFT, caused his lose. I do not agree with neither and unfortunately, the Senator felt their support would help him. Good look, Senator Avella, I hope you prove to be good for Bayside and you vote, on issues that WE, feel strongly on. We are a hard working Middle class town and want Politicians that are INTOUCH, with our needs.
Ilona Grasberg November 03, 2010 at 01:41 PM
I generally vote Democrat, although I make a few exceptions...in this case I always vote for Padavan because he has always been the type of representative who will personally respond to every suggestion, every complaint. He has done a lot for our communities. I am a little annoyed that Avella was actually outside our polling place attempting to sway people's votes! I was under the impression that representatives were not allowed to do this!!!
chicklet November 03, 2010 at 02:58 PM
God help us.
Wise Woman November 05, 2010 at 10:31 PM
I have voted for Senator Padavan for over 35 years since I moved to Bellerose. He has been great, helping locals with their problems but this year, just seeing him with Dean Skelos, Pedro Espada and Hiram Monseratte and the political play in Albany I changed my vote to Tony Avella. The icing on the cake was Ruben Diaz's endorsement. TheTea Party works both ways on incumbents. Sorry Republicans.

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